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Russell Westbrook won't be fined for shoving fan that confronted him on the court

The NBA will not discipline Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook after the Thunder star shoved a fan after Thursday night’s game in Denver, ESPN reported.

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The fan walked onto the court and went face to face with Westbrook after the Nuggets beat the Thunder 127-124 with a buzzer-beating shot.

Westbrook shoved the fan aside before security removed the fan from the court. The fan has allegedly been banned from future games, ESPN reported.

“We can confirm that the Denver Police Department was involved as well as arena security officials,” the Nuggets said in a statement. “The matter has been passed on to the NBA and they will be investigating the incident further and handling the matter internally.”

Video of the bizarre confrontation showed the man walk onto the court and scream in Westbrook's face as the Nuggets and fans at the Pepsi Center celebrated Gary Harris’ game-winning 3-pointer.

Westbrook was walking off the court when the fan blocked his path, ESPN reported. Westbrook pushed the fan in the shoulder with his left hand before a referee and an arena employee separated the two men.

Former NBA player Rasual Butler, wife killed in car crash

Former NBA player Rasual Butler and his wife were killed in a single car crash early Wednesday, according to TMZ and later confirmed by The Associated Press.

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The report said Butler lost control of his Range Rover and struck a parking meter before crashing into a wall about 2 a.m. in Studio City, California. Police believe Butler had been speeding prior to the accident, according to the report.

Butler, a 13-year veteran of the NBA, was drafted by the Miami Heat in 2002 and went on to play for several different teams during his career. He most recently played for the San Antonio Spurs during the 2015-16 season before retiring later that year.

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During his career, Butler also played for the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets, Los Angeles Clippers, Chicago Bulls, Toronto Raptors, Indiana Pacers and Washington Wizards.

He also played in Ice Cube’s BIG3 league.

Halftime performer Red Panda’s unicycle stolen from San Fran airport

The 7-foot unicycle used by Rong Niu, the acrobat who performs as Red Panda at halftime shows at basketball games, was stolen from San Francisco International Airport last week.

Pat Figley of Farallon Entertainment, and is Niu’s agent, has offered a $2,000 award for the unicycle. 

“She’s heartbroken, Figley told KTVU-TV in Oakland. “It’s like her baby was kidnapped, she’s had that unicycle for 30 years.” 

Niu was waiting for her unicycle at the the luggage pickup, saw the bag from a distance, but said it appeared someone grabbed it before she could. Figley said someone may have taken the bag by mistake. 

Figley told KTVU-TV that Niu is back on the road on a backup unicycle, but has had difficulties performing with it. The unicycle that was stolen was custom built for her, while the backup wasn’t. 

San Mateo County Sheriff’s Cargo and Task Force is reviewing surveillance video from the airport. 

Dayton Daily News award-winning columnist Tom Archdeacon  wrote a feature about Niu less than a week ago.

Pelicans fan sneaks onto court during warmups, takes practice shot

Who passed that guy the basketball?

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That’s a question that remains after a New Orleans Pelicans fan managed to step onto the court during warmups before Friday’s game against Houston. While All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins ruptured his left Achilles tendon late in Friday’s game, this fan certainly won’t be a substitute.

The fan was sitting courtside and wearing a full set of team gear, SB Nation reported. He suddenly left his seat and began stretching next to his Pelicans “teammates,” doing jumping jacks and loosening up his arm muscles.

Finally, after asking for the ball, someone passed it to him. That’s when the fan blew his cover, throwing up a lame shot that even the security guard recognized as a bogus attempt.

The guard removed the fan and gave him an angry lecture, SB Nation reported. The fan didn’t care, as he was laughing all the way back to his seat.

But, who threw him the ball? He’s at least a foot shorter than the 6-foot-11 Cousins.

Dennis Rodman arrested on DUI charge

Dennis Rodman reportedly has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

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Entertainment site TMZ broke the news that Rodman was pulled over for a traffic violation late Saturday and ended up being arrested on a DUI chargeThe Associated PressCNN and other news outlets later confirmed the arrest.

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The arrest occurred around 11 p.m. in Newport Beach, California.

Rodman has "struggled openly with alcoholism the past 17 years," Rodman agent Darren Prince told CNN, adding that the former NBA standout has "been dealing with some major personal issues the last month, and I know it's time he checks back into a rehab center to work through them."

Rodman has pleaded guilty and no contest to DUI in the past, and also faced charges related to a hit-and-run.

In his post-NBA days, Rodman has made headlines for increasingly bizarre statements about North Korea and its leader, Kim Jong Un, whom Rodman sees as a friend.

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– The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

Watch: Pistons’ Boban Marjanovic gets down with ‘Chicken Noodle Soup’

Detroit Pistons center Boban Marjanovic showed off some of his dance moves with teammate Tobias Harris in an Instagram post, grooving to Webstar’s “Chicken Noodle Soup.”

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At 7-foot-3 and 290 pounds, Marjanovic knows how to clear it out when guarding the basket. The native of Serbia also displayed some nimble footwork and flexibility as he danced to the rap song.

Naturally, he finished off the dance with a soda on the side.

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Jazz guard fined $35,000 for slapping phone out of fan's hand

Making the wrong call proved costly for Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood.

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Hood was fined $35,000 by the NBA on Friday when he knocked a cell phone out of a fan’s hand after being ejected from Wednesday’s game against the Washington Wizards, ESPN reported.

The 6-foot-8 reserve guard was ejected after picking up his second technical foul during Utah’s 107-104 victory. As he left the court, a fan sitting in a seat at Capitol One Arena in Washington appeared to be taking a photo or video of Hood’s exit. As Hood walked past the fan, he slapped the cell phone out of the man’s hand, ESPN reported.

“I apologized to the man. It wasn't intentional,” Hood said Friday. “I regret it. You just learn from it and move on from it.”

Hood is the fourth player to be fined for an incident with a fan. Previously, DeMarcus Cousins, Kyrie Irving and Austin Rivers each were fined $25,000, ESPN reported.

Watch: Shaq takes handoff from Tebow, bowls over Barkley

Charles Barkley has tangled with Shaquille O’Neal during his pro basketball career, but the former NBA star wanted nothing to do with Shaq in a football situation.

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During a segment of “NBA on TNT,” 2007 Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow dropped into the studio and ran a few plays with Barkley and O’Neal. When the former quarterback handed off to O’Neal, Shaq made a beeline for Barkley and knocked him off balance.

When O’Neal challenged Barkley to tackle him, but Barkley demurred, saying he hurt his shoulder. 

When Barkley switched to offense, he also avoided O’Neal, who was intent on delivering a hard hit.

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Phoenix Suns use obscure rule to defeat Memphis Grizzlies

Phoenix Suns interim coach Jay Triano took advantage of an obscure rule in the final seconds of Tuesday night’s game to defeat the Memphis Grizzlies 99-97.

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The name of the play is called “Rim,” azcentral reported. It is designed for the inbounds passer to throw the ball into the basket, but have the Suns’ center tip the ball through the net. What makes the play effective is that there is no goaltending on an inbounds pass in the NBA.

That’s what happened Tuesday night. 

With 0.6 seconds left in regulation, Dragan Bender lobbed an inbounds pass toward the basket, and center Tyson Chandler slammed the ball through to give the Suns the lead with 0.4 seconds left.

“It’s a rule that a lot of people don’t know,” Triano said.

Triano said he installed the play shortly after he became the Suns’ interim coach.“I was trying to create a play where you can score with 0.3 seconds or something,” he said.

“It was kind of crazy,” Bender said.

After the play, the officials went to the scorer’s table to review it, but Triano said he wasn’t worried, azcentral reported.

“I told the one official, ‘You know that you can’t goaltend that,’” said Triano, who won his 100th game as an NBA coach. “He was like, ‘I know, I know.’ I think they were probably looking to see if Tyson touched the ball because it’s a violation if it goes straight in and he doesn’t get a piece of it.”

Memphis still had 0.4 seconds left but couldn’t get a shot off before the buzzer. “You know, once you look at the play you realize it’s the right play to do,” Bender told azcentral. “Like I said, ‘0.6 on the clock it’s really hard to get a good shot off.’ That was the only option.”

“I’ve tried to keep it a secret,” Triano said. “It’s not a secret anymore.”

“I thought (Triano) was crazy when he first told us,” Devin Booker told azcentral. “I’m thinking if the ball is going in the hoop you can’t touch it.

“That’s coaching right there.”

Warriors star Stephen Curry confirms interest in buying piece of Panthers

Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry, who was raised in Charlotte, confirmed that he is serious about buying part of the Carolina Panthers.

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Owner Jerry Richardson announced last week that he is selling the Panthers at the end of the season amid a sexual misconduct investigation.

Curry was one of several people to quickly voice their interest last weekend.

He told an ESPN reporter that it’s a unique opportunity to impact his hometown.

"I'm serious, I'm really serious about that. … Just an unprecedented unique situation, and knowing kind of what storylines are around the NFL right now, maybe having a hand in that,” Curry said. “So we'll see how that plays out and take whoever along ride with me, whoever wants to come watch Cam (Newton) and everybody, hopefully win Super Bowls.”

Curry said he’s setting up meetings with potential investors.

Charlotte Hornets co-owner Felix Sabates said that a local group of business people are also trying to buy the team.

Richardson announced his intent to sell the team hours after Sports Illustrated published a report with allegations of sexual misconduct and a racist remark.

The article claimed at least four former employees received confidential settlements.

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